Theories of Resistance: Anarchism, Geography, and the Spirit of Revolt (Transforming Capitalism)

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Space is never a neutral ‘stage’ on which social actors play their roles, sometimes cooperating with each other, sometimes struggling against each other. Space has multiple and complex functions in the development of social relations, it is a reference for identity-building, a material condition for existence, and an instrument of power.

This book explores the ways in which space has been used for resistance, especially in left-libertarian contexts. From the early anarchist organizing efforts in the 19th century to the contemporary social movements of the Mexican Zapatistas, the chapters examine a range of cases to illustrate both the limits and potentialities of utilizing space within anarchist practice. By theorizing the production of anarchist spaces, the book aims to foster new geographical imaginations that energetically cultivate alternative practices to challenge the status quo. It shows that spatial re-organization, spatial practices and spatial resources are also a basic condition for human emancipation, autonomy and freedom.

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About the Author:

Marcelo Lopes de Souza is Professor of Geography at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil.

Richard J. White is Reader in Economic Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Simon Springer is Associate Professor of Geography at University of Victoria, Canada.

Review:

Theories of Resistance offers a refreshing collection of essays that reinvigorates anarchist theory in geography with utility for a range of scholars far beyond those who might label themselves ‘anarchists’. . . . [T]his volume showed me that anarchist thought can be applied to practices that are not explicitly anarchist, and provided theoretical frameworks for doing so. . . .Theories of Resistance illustrates that anarchism is still applicable and relevant: it can help develop a rich understanding of governance practices, aid in decolonization efforts, explicate the implications of different spatial strategies, and provide a framework for a deconstructive analyses of the state. Crucially, it can be applied to non-anarchist practices without appropriating them as anarchist. Like other theoretical traditions, anarchism is dynamic, multiple, and malleable, and this volume’s editors and contributors successfully demonstrate its pertinence by honoring anarchism’s historical legacy without being constrained by it. I hope their work encourages a diversity of geographers to engage more deeply with anarchism, as they have inspired me to do. (Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography)

Capitalist globalisation, the redeployment of imperialism, the amplification of the environmental question and the regional rise of religious or ideological fundamentalism put geographical space at the centre of critical efforts... it logically comes to a new generation of geographers from different countries to resume the discussion from a spatial perspective. Based on libertarian thought already developed in this field... in an up-to-date manner they provide the reflexive tools to resist the dominant territories of capitalism and statism. (Philippe Pelletier, University of Lyon 2)
Theories of Resistance joins an insurrection of contemporary anarchist thought committed to interrogating so-called classical anarchism, and imagining new possibilities for left-libertarian ideas and practices in the present. This anthology poses essential questions for radical scholars and activists: How do we decolonize the world, while also decolonizing anarchism? What are the boundaries of left-libertarian thought? In what ways do anarchist geographies and communisation theory overlap? What does it mean to be anti-statist, and what is a post-statist epistemology? These are questions radicals grapple with in the streets and the libraries. (Michael Truscello, Associate Professor, Mount Royal University)

This volume – like the trilogy as a whole – is bound to intrigue, delight and challenge anyone interested in the manifold intersections between anti-authoritarian thinking and geographical inquiry broadly construed. The texts collected here are a testimony to the richness of this seam, and an invitation to reflect on some of the most pressing intellectual and social questions of our time. If you are looking for the freshest and most insightful writing on space and subversion, place and prefiguration, locality and liberation – then this book is for you. (Uri Gordon, Lecturer in Politics, Loughborough University, author of 'Anarchy Alive!')

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Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield International Jun 2016 (2016)
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Buchbeschreibung Rowman & Littlefield International Jun 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Part two of an innovative trilogy on anarchist geography, this text examines how we can better understand the ways in which space has been used for resistance 270 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781783486670

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